Funding

Opportunities for California museums

Updated September 17, 2019  

COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS: YOUTH COMMUNITY ACCESS GRANT PROGRAM
The California Natural Resources Agency received $5.3 million to fund programs that support youth access to natural and cultural resources, including community education and recreation amenities to support youth substance prevention. The agency will be conducting listening sessions with local community members across the State to learn about the types of projects and programs they would like to see as a result of the new Youth Community Access Grant Program. Parents and children are encouraged to attend: 

  • SEPTEMBER 24 - SAN DIEGO
  • SEPTEMBER 26 - FRESNO
  • OCTOBER 8 - REDDING
  • OCTOBER 11 - SAN BERNARDINO

CALHUMANITIES GRANT WORKSHOPS – AUGUST–DECEMBER (STATEWIDE)
Seeking funding for your upcoming public humanities event or documentary media project? Have questions about writing the proposal, filling out the budget form, or submitting work samples? Check out upcoming webinars and workshops in your community on grant opportunities including two focused on media projects with the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

 

HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – NEXT DEADLINE OCTOBER 15 Humanities for All is a grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program responds to the needs and interests of Californians, encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date.

 

CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT – NEXT DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1 The California Documentary Project (CDP) supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond.

 

SIX IMLS GRANT PROGRAMS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15 Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding.

 

MUSEUM GRANTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 15 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. Grant range from $5,000–$250,000 over a period of up to three years.

 

NEW CHANGES TO THE MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (MAP) – NEXT DEADLINE DECEMBER 1 Exciting Changes are Coming to MAP! Two new Assessment types will be offered: Education & Interpretation and Board Leadership. The existing Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement assessments are getting fresh updates, and DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion) components will be integrated into all assessments.